Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passes away at 51

Nation Next Newsroom | Sep 1, 2018 16:32

Jain Monk Tarun Sagar

Popular Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passed away at the age of 51 after prolonged illness on Saturday at Radhapuri Temple in Delhi. The monk, who was suffering from jaundice and other ailments, breathed his last at around 3 am. His last rites will be performed at Tarun Sagar Dham in Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.

Tarun Sagar was admitted to a private hospital this week as his condition worsened due to jaundice. Over the last few days, the monk had denied further treatment and had stopped taking medicines.

As the news of the monk’s demise spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, along with several other politicians from across parties expressed grief and condolences. PM Modi tweeted, “Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples.”

Tarun Sagar, a monk of the Digambar sect, has a huge following in the Jain community. Born as Pawan Kumar Jain on June 26, 1967 in Dahoh district of Madhya Pradesh, Tarun Sagar chose to live the life of a monk at the age of 13 after getting inspired by sermons of popular monk Acharya Pushpdant Sagar. Tarun Sagar sermons and lectures ‘Kadve Pravachan’ are widely heard and and followed by his followers.